Jan 31 2011
Obama's new counter-terrorism advisor thinks we need more Muslim outreach to the most religious Islamic fundamentalists
Quintan Wiktorowicz, a former Rhodes College professor is the newest ‘academic’ member of the National Security Council, who claims to be an ‘expert’ on how Muslims decide to become terrorists.
So, once again, another left wing intellectual elitist who never met a terrorist he didn’t like, will help create a counter-terrorism policy.
NPR — “A number of years ago, before he went into government, he did some of the most path-breaking work not only on who was susceptible to being radicalized, but most importantly, who was the most
resistant to being radicalized,” says Christine Fair, another college type so-called ‘expert’ on terrorism and radicalization at Georgetown University. “And the findings that he came up with based upon his work really shattered some of the stereotypes we have about Muslims and radicalization.”
As part of his research, Wiktorowicz interviewed hundreds of Islamists in the United Kingdom. (A place where every effort to curb radicalization of Muslims has failed miserably) After compiling his interviews he came to the conclusion that — contrary to popular belief — very religious Muslims were in fact the people who ended up being the most resistant to radicalization. (So I guess all those imams like Anwar al Awlaki from Virginia and now in Yemen advocating terrorism to American Muslims are NOT religious people?)
Peter Neumann is the director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College, London. He got to know Wiktorowicz in London three years ago. Wiktorowicz was at the U.S. Embassy there, studying how the British dealt with radical Islamists and then finding ways to apply those lessons to the United States.
While in the U.K., Wiktorowicz reached out to a wide range of Muslim leaders — from moderates to extremists — and that set him apart from scholars who had preceded him, Neumann says. “He very successfully mobilized a broad coalition of very different people in London that all came together in order to oppose extremism and terrorism.
And this is how well they deal with radical Islamists in the UK:
It is also on this point that Wiktorowicz apparently ran into trouble. His coalition of Muslims was controversial because it included people some conservatives in Britain found too extreme. As Neumann sees it, that was part of the strategy: “Wiktorowicz’s approach has quite deliberately been: ‘I want the tent to be as broad as possible. … As long as they are opposed to extremism and terrorism, I want everyone to be part of the coalition.’ “ (Gee, they couldn’t possibly be lying, could they?)
At the White House, Wiktorowicz’s title will be senior director for global engagement at the National Security Council. He’s seen by terrorism experts as bringing so much to his new job that he could fundamentally change the way the Obama administration deals with Muslims in America. (You mean Obama could bend over even further to kiss the asses of the Muslim world? Not possible)
Right now, counterradicalization in the U.S. largely depends on law enforcement — on things like FBI outreach to Muslim communities. (The FBI stopped reaching out to Muslims because they get squat from them as far as intel, if anything) The sheer volume of homegrown terrorism cases in the U.S. over the past two years makes clear that isn’t enough, Neumann says.
“One of the important things about counter-radicalization is that about perhaps 10 percent of it is law enforcement and intelligence, 90 percent of it are things that have relatively little to do with that,” he says. (So would that be letting Muslims get anything they want here in the name of their religion – including sharia law?)
“Counterradicalization also has to include things like politicians visiting Muslim communities, messaging” and beefing up education about Islam among Muslims themselves, so they can better resist radical recruiters. (Here we go, all of us misunderstanders of Islam, it’s OUR fault that Muslims want to kill us. Copy that)
How Wiktorowitz will apply what he learned in Britain here is unclear. His first official day of work at the White House is Monday. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]
And Terrorist Front Group CAIR is thrilled.